Passing the gavel to new leadership

Posted by | January 21, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor report
Suzanne Dickerson, Sparta-White County Board of Directors chairman, relinquished her gavel to Mark Cain, White County Community Hospital Administrator. Cain will serve as the chairman of the board of directors for 2002. Barbara Witzigman, owner of Tri Star Real Estate, will serve as vice-chairman. White County Executive Herd Sullivan and State of Tennessee Treasurer Steve Adams listened attentively as Dickerson welcomed Cain to his new position.
More pictures will be included in Thursday’s edition of The Expositor.
Photo by Kim Swindell Wood


Jail administrator refutes accusations

Posted by | January 21, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
The recent meeting of Steering Committees A and B saw numerous allegations made toward staff at the White County jail and members of the sheriff’s department.
When contacted for comment, Chief of Corrections P. J. Hardy was forthcoming with answers to all questions posed him concerning jail commissary and inmate privilege procedures.
o Who oversees county jails in Tennessee? – county jails in Tennessee are not monitored by the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
The Tennessee Correctional Institute serves as the overseer of all county jails.
o Commissary – Peggy Sawyer, assistant director for the Tennessee Correctional Institute (615-741-3816), told The Expositor there is no state standard … Read More


Sparkmans named 2001 Farmers of the Year

Posted by | January 21, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The White County Soil Conservation District has selected W.C. and Ryan Sparkman as the Farmers of the Year for 2001. The Sparkmans operate a dairy farm in the Eaton community. They are widely respected for their exemplary farming operation.
Soil Conservation District officials stated the Sparkman’s 520-acre operation includes 130 acres of corn silage with an average yield of 16 ton per acre, 10 acres of pastureland and 60 acres of hay land. All crops are grown using minimum tillage, which means 30 percent of the soil surface is covered with prior crop residue after the new crop has been planted.
W.C. believes it is … Read More


Arthur E. “Gene” Kilgore Sr.

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Arthur E. “Gene” Kilgore Sr., 74 of Pontiac, Mich., formerly of the Eastland community in White County, passed away Jan. 12, 2002.
Kilgore served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He had retire from G.M. Truck & Bus and was a member of U.A.W. Local #594.
He was preceded in death by one son, Art Kilgore Jr. and one brother, Bob Kilgore.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Kilgore; children and their spouses, Kathy Kilgore, Kris and Terry Kilgore, Melissa and Tom Cockerhan, Tammy and Kevin Kadrich, Bryan and Sonia Kilgore and Kelly and Deanna Kilgore; 12 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Louise Killom, … Read More


Murray Owen

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Murray Owen, 85, of Lubbock, Texas, passed away Jan. 11, 2002.
Owen was born Aug. 23, 1916, in White County.
He attended First United Methodist Church in Lubbock. Owen served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended public schools in Sparta before attending a business college in Chattanooga. Owen worked in Lubbock for Navajo Supply, Forrest Lumber Company and Westway Supply. He served as Scoutmaster for Troop 402 in Lubbock, and was recipient of The Silver Beaver Award, the James E. West Fellowship Award for Scouting and was a member of Scouting’s Order of the Arrow.
Owen was preceded in death by his first wife, … Read More


Martha A. Beaty

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Martha A. Beaty, 70, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 13, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Beaty was born Nov. 12, 1931, in Tennessee, to Frank VanWinkle and Lillie Lawson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters; and four brothers.
Survivors include her husband, Buddy Beaty of Sparta; two sons, Roger Kenton Beaty of Acworth, Ga. and Buddy Randall Beaty of Sparta; one daughter, Jenny Marie Phillips of Clarkrange; five brothers, William Van Winkle of Sparta, Charles VanWinkle, Phillip VanWinkle and Roy VanWinkle all of Crossville and Roger Lawson of Cookeville; six sisters, Thelma Boles, Stella Davis, Alma Downes and Lula Jackson all of Crossville … Read More


Charlie Lee Roberts

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Charlie Lee Roberts, 78, of Walling, passed away Jan. 14, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Roberts was born June 14, 1923, in Warren County, to Luther Roberts and Hester Hitchcock Roberts.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had worked at B.P. Service Station.
Roberts was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Lena Roberts of Walling and one sister, Lucille Hembree of Quebeck.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Jan. 16, 2002, at Jericho Cemetery. Jeff Turner and Bobby Cloyd officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Thurman Monroe Hodges

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Thurman Monroe Hodges, 78, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 15, 2002.
Hodges was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Van Buren County, to Simon Hodges and Lizzie Sparkman Hodges.
He was a farmer.
Hodges was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Raymon Hodges, Roy Hodges and Charles W. Hodges.
Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Hermon and Joene Hodges of Barberton, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Emogene Hodges of McMinnville; two sisters and one brother-in law, Aubrey Yates and Alene and Clyde Measles all of Spencer; six nieces, Judy Mooneyham, Emma Womack, Joan Wilson, Ann Kenna, Betty Murray and Shirley Haley; six nephews, R.C. Hodges, Robert Hodges, Larry … Read More


Hometown trio are dynamic members of Cumberland Insurance

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A new building and two energetic agents, along with an enthusiastic customer representative, have made Cumberland Insurance a thriving business in White County.
Rhonda Frasier and Mike Holeman, both with several years of combined sales expertise, and Tiffany Kreis, customer service representative, are the driving force behind the Sparta branch of a Cookeville based company. The recently built structure, which houses the insurance office, is known as Cumberland Court-Sparta. The owners, Steve Copeland, Donnie Meadows and Gary McNabb, also have a vested interest in Cumberland Insurance and Cumberland Court in Cookeville. Copeland, who is an agent with the Cookeville office, serves as chief of operations … Read More



WCHS drops a pair of district games at Oakland

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Sophomore Daniel Johnson drives in to try and create some offense against the patriots defense at Oakland Tuesday night.
The Warriors take on Riverdale Friday night in Murfreesboro.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Redistricting brings changes for local representation

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
With state and county elections fast approaching, the subject of new redistricting has been a hot topic of discussion for Democrats and Republicans.
White County residents have been in a quandary as to who their new state senator would be when the final plans were set. Would Senator Gene Elsea still remain the
representative in the state house, or would the district revert to Senator Charlotte Burks? According to new redistricting maps, Burks will take White County, which was at one time part of her late husband’s district.
The late Senator Tommy Burks had represented White County during various periods of his political career, and … Read More


Two car accident near Kingdom Hall; one injured

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Two vehicles wrecked on Crossville Highway, near Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, after a construction crew had stopped traffic.
Barbara S. Gentry, 55, of Sparta, was traveling east on Highway 70E in a 1992 Ford Tempo when she was stopped by a flagman due to road construction. While Gentry was stopped, a 1992 Mitsubishi, driven by Florence L. Lewis, 80, of Sparta, came around the curve and rear ended the Ford.
Gentry was transported to the White County Community Hospital by White County EMS. Several deputies along with Sheriff Guy Goff of the White County Sheriff’s Department lent their assistance. Goff, Lt. Chad Dodson, Deputy John … Read More


Wheel tax and jail allegations at county meeting

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Kenneth Milligan struck the executive gavel numerous times Monday night in attempts to bring order to the joint Steering Committees meeting of White County commissioners.
Among attendees in the audience were over 40 White county residents concerned with the alleged mistreatment of inmates at the White County Jail, and many spoke out of turn throughout the meeting.
First to speak to the committee was Bill Rogers of the University of Tennessee County Technical Services.
Rogers clarified for the commissioners many points regarding a wheel tax being instituted in White county.
He stated the wheel tax could be achieved in three ways:
1) the county commission passed … Read More


A matter of faith

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Ask Laura Jones why she is dedicated to spreading God’s message, and she won’t hesitate to say, “There is mission work to be done every day, even in the grocery store.
Missions are everyday life, because that’s what Jesus commanded us. He said, ‘Go.’”
Laura took this message literally when she and her husband, Rodger, found themselves presented with an opportunity to go to Jamaica for an outreach mission.
She explained, in December of 1996, they became interested in outreach missions while attending Gum Springs Baptist Church.
The pastor, Bro. Tony Wilson, announced a mission to Jamaica planned for the following March.
“He had been doing … Read More


Minnie Bell Goodwin Lull

Posted by | January 14, 2002 12:00 am

Minnie Bell Goodwin Lull, 70, of Pleasant Hill, passed away Jan. 12, 2002, at Cumberland Medical Center.
Lull was born July 3, 1931, in White County, to Sidney Elbert and Dovie Lafever Goodwin.
She had been employed at the Senior Citizen Center.
Lull was preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Lull and her parents.
Survivors include two daughters, Della Mae Presley of Pleasant Hill and Teresa Brown of Greenville, S.C.; two sons, Dexter Lull of Sparta and Leslie Lull of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Carol Roberts of Sparta; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 15, 2002, at Hunter … Read More


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